The Institute of Philosophy became a holder of the prestigious HR Excellence in Research Award on 17 July 2021 and concurrently obtained the right to use the HR Award logo. This represents a recognition that our working environment meets European standards for work in scientific environment.

This certificate will support our efforts to further expand research activities. It provides a guarantee of creating a working environment that supports excellent science and transparency, it increases the attractiveness of our institute when addressing international scholars, helps raise the profile of the institute both within the domestic and international scene, and it is taken into account during grant application procedures. The HR Award will also aid further strategic development of the institute in areas such as human resource management, international collaboration, open access to scientific information, popularisation, and gender equality.

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The Institute of Philosophy submitted the application for the HR Excellence in Research Award to the European Commission on 31 March 2021. We have thus completed the initial phase of the HR Award process and entered the implementation phase. The GAP analysis and the Action Plan in Czech and English language version can be found in the relevant sections of the HR Excellence website.


During the self-assessment phase, questionnaire surveys, individual interviews and several employee discussions (in the form of focus groups) were carried out to collect input, opinions and suggestions for improvements to be later summarised in gap analysis. The aim of the institution's self-assessment was to gather a comprehensive opinion of employees on the workplace functioning and development opportunities. Conclusions were incorporated not only to the gap analysis, but subsequently also to general concept of the action plan. Detailed information on the progress achieved in the course of the self-assessment process is available in sections: Survey, Focus Groups, Boards, GAP analysis.